My son chose to dress up as Cat in the Hat to celebrate World book day at school. Little did we know that the very same day (2nd March) was the birthday of Dr Seuss!
I started by buying a black hooded top from eBay. This was the base for the whole costume. I bought some white and black fake fur and cut to shape for ears, tummy, and tail. I stitched these into place. I used black pipe cleaners for his whiskers and stitched these on also.
The hat was the major work! I used stripes of red and white poly cotton and ironed these on to interfacing material to join them and add strength and stiffness to the hat. I cut a round rim out of cardboard measured against my son’s head. I covered this in white felt using PVA glue. I then used wonder webbing to fix the striped material into a tube for the main part of the hat. This was then filled with wadding at the top, leaving space for his head to fit in it. I cut a circle of red felt and stitched this to seal the top of the hat. The tall part of the hat was fixed to the rim with PVA glue and stitched for extra strength.
I ordered children’s white cotton gloves from amazon for only a few pounds, and he wore his black school plimsolls.
Costume complete! And it survived a full day at school as a record of its durability!